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Ideas for Character Counts School Activities & Programs

Developing Awarenesss
 Posters are posted in classrooms, doorways, common areas, and by water fountains displaying
common definitions, the 6 pillars and the words of the month/week.
 Morning announcements are made related to the 6 pillars
 Quotations are shared and discussed weekly/daily.
 Cafeteria table tents and signs are used.
 Library displays the 6 pillars and establishes a companion reading list for words of the week and
the six pillars. (Note: Some librarians establish a separate area in the library for materials.)
 Pillar student of the month (for example) pictures are posted in the building.
 Faculty training programs are held for all staff members.
 Assembly (age and grade appropriate) is held to introduce or reinforce the pillars. Students
and/or faculty may present skits, songs, dances, etc.
 T-shirts are made and worn on specified days
 Ethical challenges are posted in the hallways or other common areas.
 Announcements made at board meetings.
 Announcements are made at sporting and awards events.
 Develop a school mural or paintings of the pillars (with permission) and/or wall of pillar fame

Reaching Out, Involvement and Integration


 Community service activities are initiated or continued as part of citizenship and responsibility.
 Mentoring programs for incoming students, and students with special needs or challenges.
 Host a health or mall fair based on the six pillars of character. Older students in elementary
schools may host a fair for younger students during the school day.
 Door decorating contest held by homerooms
 Host random (planned) acts of kindness days/weeks for pillar of caring.
 "Grandparents", staff, or older students read and discuss storybooks to young students with
moral themes.
 Essay contests judged by community/business partners.
 Identified school partners participate in character building activities.
 Publish articles in school and parent newspapers/newsletters.
 Host parent information nights.
 Send parents "HOME WORK" on the six pillars.
 Host a song writing or lyric rewriting contest.
 Develop a new personal coat of arms based on the six pillars.
 Cheerleaders and drill teams make up cheers, drill activities based on 6 pillars.
 Presentations are made to service clubs
 Encourage businesses to post character counts ads on their marquis or billboards
 Make a large banner to hang in the school or other civic areas
 Include 6 pillar information or ethical decision making information on tray liners, gas/electric
bill
 Prepare PSA's for radio, television or morning announcements

Special Events
 Host a "Speak No Evil" Day
 Identify local "person of character" posters with recognition
 Host a community and school-wide character counts awards program
 Students present essays, quotations, art, music, or drama at city/county government or civic
events.
 In Ohio, conduct Higher Ground program with the Ohio National Guard
 Host a character counts in sports discussing ethical issues that pertain to sporting events.
 Sponsor a character counts ribbon contest and/or participate in red ribbon week (one week after
character counts week).
 Hold a collection drive (Collect examples of people practicing the six pillars).
 Recognize students with a sticker when seen acting with character.
 Set up a service club or integrate character counts with student council to sponsor character
counts events.
 Conduct a late night or overnight retreat with teens to study ethical behavior and
school/community problems.
 Host a speech contest on the pillar of the month.
 Host a rap contest with 6 pillar messages.
 Anonymously track positive behaviors during a selected period (passing in the halls/cafeteria
behaviors, etc.) Post the results and/or recognize students for good behavior.
 Host a moral courage day when students study world issues such as the Holocaust, World
Hunger, or Child Abuse
 Students develop an Honor Code
 Host a seminar on cheating and stealing

Skill Building and Curriculum/Proficiency Development


 Writing assignments evaluate the "character" of characters in novels.
 Re-evaluation of historical figures in light of the 6 figures of character
 Maintain a personal/student portfolio or journal
 Presentation of ethical challenge with classroom discussion or assignment to demonstrate
appropriate ethical actions. (May include role-play, skit, writing assignment, or speech)
 Students collect "personal examples" of ethical conduct in challenging situations
 Complete curriculum modules or lessons with special emphasis on six pillars or ethical decision
making.
 Weekend, evening, or special days dedicated to six pillar/ethical study.
 Students make sample commercials or videos on six pillar interactions
 Student examples of good character are identified and recognized.
 Play Do the Right Thing Game, Scruples, or other games in class
 Invite career minded speakers to discuss ethics in the workplace
 Develop a resume based only on character traits

Discipline & Responsibility

 Develop and use a character counts report card


 Rules are posted in each classroom based on six pillars
 Rules are taught and practiced during the first week of school or introduction of character
counts discipline program.
 Classroom rules are discussed, then signed by students and/or parent(s).
 Discipline Referral Forms based on 6 pillars
 Student required to make restitution for most offenses
 Behavior Intervention Plan includes portfolio demonstrating improved respect, responsibility,
etc.
 Referral conference discusses impact of misbehavior on stakeholders. Student may be required
to write a paper based on a stakeholder analysis.
 Behavioral consequence includes a project or essay assignment demonstrating the appropriate
pillar behavior.
 A rehabilitation plan is developed that focuses on student responsibility for misbehavior, and an
action plan for improved behavior.
 The rehabilitation plan includes parental notification when appropriate.
 Examples of good models and discipline are recognized.
 All students sign the Code of Conduct Contract.
 Code of conduct are developed and taught for high-risk environments (recess, cafeteria,
auditorium, playground, hallways, bus, before & after school).